Tips on How to Train Your New Hunting Dogs

Summary

Finding a good hunting dog is an important key when it comes to hunting. Some people will take their puppies to a training place, were they will do the training for you for a price. But most people can not afford to take their puppies to get trained. Here is a couple of tips on training your puppy a t home.

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Exposure:

Expanding your puppies world step by step is important in the first year. Expanding from the living room to the backyard to the hunting or training fields. Socializing your puppy with other dogs as soon as possible another important part as you most likely won’t be the only hunter on the lake or marsh area. Other things that should be introduced in the first year is travel crates, boats, game birds, guns and gunfire. Exposing your puppy to as many different scenarios as possible.

Crates:

Crate training should begin the first day you bring your puppy home. It is important to crate train at home and for travel as it is key to young dog’s training and safety. Once your puppy is comfortable and enjoys being in the crate, you can move it to your car and take short trips at first. You can take you puppy to an area where they can be let out and have some fun, Like to the dog park or out to the hunting or training areas. Taking them for fun rides, they will be ready to go when it comes to training days.

Water Work:

Even if you are going to be hunting land most of the time, it’s still a good idea to get your puppy proper introduced to water and swimming. You might have that one time when you will have to cross a creek to get to your hunting spot or you might end up going with a friend in a boat. You want to make sure your puppy is ready for a water hunt. Summer months works great for getting them water ready and it is perfect since hunting season is right around the corner.

Birds:

When introducing a bird to the puppy the first time, I would suggest do this in a quiet area away from other distractions. At first you can use a wing off of a duck or goose you shot and once they are feeling comfortable with the wing you can introduce a frozen duck or pigeon. Using a dead or frozen bird won’t flop and frighten your puppy. Be ready to gently stop any shaking or biting down as it will help avoiding hardmouth and mishandled game.

Guns and Gunfire:

Your puppy is not born gun shy. By showing and shooting the gun around your puppy at a young age, they will understand that the sound of gunfire signals the reward of down game and a chance to retrieve. Every time you take your puppy to the training area bring your gun with and after you have done all your other training that you had planned for the day. Grab your gun and fire a couple of shots and your puppy will less likely become gun shy.

With a little bit of planning you can be sure to cover all the bases. Your puppy and you will find this aspect of training to be enjoyable and well worth the time. Just remember training is going to take time, your puppy isn’t going to get this overnight. Good luck on training your hunting buddy!

Exposure:

Expanding your puppies world step by step is important in the first year. Expanding from the living room to the backyard to the hunting or training fields. Socializing your puppy with other dogs as soon as possible another important part as you most likely won’t be the only hunter on the lake or marsh area. Other things that should be introduced in the first year is travel crates, boats, game birds, guns and gunfire. Exposing your puppy to as many different scenarios as possible.

Crates:

Crate training should begin the first day you bring your puppy home. It is important to crate train at home and for travel as it is key to young dog’s training and safety. Once your puppy is comfortable and enjoys being in the crate, you can move it to your car and take short trips at first. You can take you puppy to an area where they can be let out and have some fun, Like to the dog park or out to the hunting or training areas. Taking them for fun rides, they will be ready to go when it comes to training days.

Water Work:

Even if you are going to be hunting land most of the time, it’s still a good idea to get your puppy proper introduced to water and swimming. You might have that one time when you will have to cross a creek to get to your hunting spot or you might end up going with a friend in a boat. You want to make sure your puppy is ready for a water hunt. Summer months works great for getting them water ready and it is perfect since hunting season is right around the corner.

Birds:

When introducing a bird to the puppy the first time, I would suggest do this in a quiet area away from other distractions. At first you can use a wing off of a duck or goose you shot and once they are feeling comfortable with the wing you can introduce a frozen duck or pigeon. Using a dead or frozen bird won’t flop and frighten your puppy. Be ready to gently stop any shaking or biting down as it will help avoiding hardmouth and mishandled game.

Guns and Gunfire:

Your puppy is not born gun shy. By showing and shooting the gun around your puppy at a young age, they will understand that the sound of gunfire signals the reward of down game and a chance to retrieve. Every time you take your puppy to the training area bring your gun with and after you have done all your other training that you had planned for the day. Grab your gun and fire a couple of shots and your puppy will less likely become gun shy.

With a little bit of planning you can be sure to cover all the bases. Your puppy and you will find this aspect of training to be enjoyable and well worth the time. Just remember training is going to take time, your puppy isn’t going to get this overnight. Good luck on training your hunting buddy!